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Today's News

  • At Concord Baptist law enforcement lends a hand

    Levy County Sheriff's Sgt. Max Long, in first photo, Crime Scene Investigator Danny Griffith, in second photo, Lt. Lisa Brock, in third photo, and the Levy County Sheriff's Office came to help with Concord Baptist Church VBS commencement.

    They fingerprinted the children, did a CSI presentation and finished with a demonstration from Cpl. Kevin Kinik and his K-9 deputy (not pictured). 

  • 1st Baptist in Chiefland hits the rails

    Children attending First Baptist Church in Chiefland got a mid-morning trail ride around the church grounds.

    The congregation, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, was hosting Vacation Bible School in the morning this week.  

  • Epic End of Summer Bash on Saturday, Aug. 9

    The 4th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash, a free event to help the community get ready for the coming school year, will be on Saturday, Aug. 9.

    Booth space is available and those wishing to pass out information or school supplies, to volunteer or to donate prizes, call 352-493-4627 or email office@fumcchiefland.com.

    The event also offers family fun with exhibits from public safety agencies and activities for children including a dunk booth and water slide. There will be free food, activities, back packs, school supplies, prizes, fun and information plus much more.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 24

    Libraries wrapping up summer

    Readers of all ages have been exploring all things scientific this summer as the Levy County Public Library System presents “Fizz, Boom, Read!” during their summer library program.

       The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to children of all ages. Each week will feature a presentation, craft, snack and take home goodies. For more information, call your local library or visit website, www.levylib.org.

    All programs are free of charge and begin at 10:30 AM.

    Williston Public Library (Mondays)

  • COPS volunteers honored on retirement

    Personnel from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, family members and Sheriff's COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members  honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the volunteer group on July 14.

    Tom Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990’s.  During his many years of service he donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County. 

    Donna Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours. 

  • LCDPS firefighter wins Valor Award

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Firefighter Jeremy Pittman was selected as an honoree at the 97.3 The SKY Valor Awards, a recognition of first responders in the Heart of Florida. On Thursday, June 29, several members of the surrounding communities were recognized for their dedication to service.

    Pittman came to LCDPS in October of 2012 as a 19-year-old with no background in public safety. He had passed by the Fire Station in his rural community several times thinking about volunteering in an effort to fulfill his desire of giving back to his community.

  • New FHP troop commander first female named to post

    The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to announce the appointment of Maj. Eileen Powell to the position of Troop Commander. Her promotion became effective June 16, 2014.

    Powell is the first woman to hold this esteemed position in North Florida and will oversee approximately 101 State Troopers and 10 non-sworn employees.

    Troop B consists of nine counties including: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion and Suwannee.

  • Be safe this summer with children, pets

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don’t be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 24

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • July 19, Pavel Beno, 48, Williston, four counts aggravated assault. Bond $100,000.

    • July 14, James Virgill Boatwright Sr., 50, Chiefland resisting officer W/OV. Bond $550.

    • July 15, Alex Hernandez, 44, Archer, VOP.

    • July 16, Coleman Wesley Jordon, 34, Chiefland, warrant. Bond $50,000.

    • July 14, Tammy Kerr, 40, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

  • One sweet fund raiser

    The Chiefland Cheerleading Team held a mid-summer cake auction and the politicians, public officials and community turned out to satisfy their sweet tooth.

    Auctioneer Chad Johnson who handled the bidding at the Thursday, July 17, event said 46 items — and some that were donated back to raise money a second and third time ­— netted nearly $5,000 for the team's expenses.

    “For a summertime fund raiser it was very successful,” Johnson said.